The change is to require photo identification, although school ID or employer ID seems a bit hazy. If they are going to go that route I would have liked to see only photo ID that contains the votere's residence address as being acceptable. I understand that such would create a hassle for folks wanting to use their military ID or othersin a similar circumstance.
IF they are going to finally get serious about cracking down on voter fraud they should simply require the new photo voter ID cards. Based on other parts of the legislation the Registrar could verify the address based on DL info and access the DL photo to use for the voter ID card. That would mean that 99.9+% of voters (who have DLs or non-driving ID cards) would simply get a new voter ID in the mail. The <.1% that would have to haul their butts to a DMV to get a DL/ID probably need one anyhoow, and if it is too much trouble then that's just too bad - if you want something badly enough you find a way to make it happen. (No, I am not suggesting they carjack some old granny on the way home from choir practice so they have a ride to the DMV!)
These are the comments (less the jacking of grannies) I am going to sshare with the governor.
I urge you to VETO SB 1256 in its current form.SB 1256 calls for the elimination of several forms of identification currently accepted as proof of residence and qualification to vote, along with the creation of a photo voter registration card.
If the Commonwealth is going to get serious about stopping voter fraud it ought to go strictly with the photo voter registration card. 99+% of voters already have a drivers licence or non-driving ID issued by the DMV, or some other state-issued photo ID with the picture tied in to the DMV system. The Registrar of Voters would only need to verify the residence address with the DMV record, upload the photo and mail the created pohot voter reistration card to the voter. The small number of voters who would need to get to a DMV office to have their picture taken should, with minimal effort, arrange for transportation to a DMV office.Additionally, the DMV has moblie offices it could dispatch to locations where it is believed significant numbers of voters without a current DMV photo ID reside.
If the plan is to require a photo voter registration card I would OPPOSE its use for identification for any other reason. I also OPPOSE access to my voter registration status by any agency except the Registrar of Voters. My status as a registered voter should only be a matter between me and the Registrar of Voters. Neither the police nor a bank teller have any business accessing that information.
Please inform me of what action you intend to take regarding SB 1256.